NEW DELHI, Dec. 3 (Xinhua) — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday left for the southern state of Tamil Nadu’s capital Chennai to take stock of the flood situation there.
“Leaving for Chennai to take stock of the situation arising due to the devastating floods,” Modi tweeted minutes before leaving for the city.
Chennai has been reeling under heavy showers and remains cut off with road, rail and air traffic, while the death toll in rain-related incidents in the state has touched 200.
Though there has been no fresh rains since last night, the water level has been rising in parts of the city and the weather office has said that the next 48 hours will be crucial.
Local TV channels showed footage of the state’s Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa surveying the city in the morning in a convoy of cars.
The airport has been shut down, so do school and colleges in the city. Many offices have become makeshift shelters for flood-affected people.
The Indian armed forces have been pressed into action, along with disaster management personnel to help rescue those stranded in the city.